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Polluting waste incinerator near local community in East Liverpool.

Incineration

Society continues to generate more waste and to change this alarming trend; strong political and industrial measures are urgently needed.

Despite what industry and governments would like people to believe,incineration is not a solution to the world's waste problems, but partof the problem.

Incinerators may reduce the volume of solid waste, but they do notdispose of the toxic substances contained in the waste. They create thelargest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicalsknown to science.

Incinerators emit a wide range of pollutants in their stack gases,ashes and other residues. The filters used to clean incinerator stackgases produce solid and liquid toxic wastes, which also need to bedisposed.

The only way to improve the situation is to avoid toxic waste production by improving our products and processes.

Public opposition to incineration isgrowing worldwide. People are recognising that there is no place forthe incineration of waste in a sustainable society.

The latest updates

 

FSC puts business interests first

Blog entry by Asti Roesle | 26 August, 2014

As a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Switzerland, as well as a Greenpeace campaigner focused on doing everything I can to protect our planet's last untouched forests, I am alarmed that FSC has already decided to...

Norway's offshore drilling puts Arctic Ocean at risk

Blog entry by Rick Steiner | 22 August, 2014 3 comments

As Norway pushes further into the Arctic with offshore oil drilling, the corresponding environmental risks have increased significantly. The Barents Sea is one of the richest, most unique marine ecosystems in the world, with...

FSC is failing to protect Russia's intact forest landscapes

Blog entry by Alexey Yaroshenko | 21 August, 2014

As one of the main contributors to our latest report on the role that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been playing in the destruction of some of Russia's last intact forest landscapes, I must respond to FSC's statement . ...

Join the human chain to fight an environmental crime

Blog entry by Meri Pukarinen | 20 August, 2014 6 comments

Who wants to dig up entire villages, destroy livelihoods and lock in emissions making climate catastrophe a certainty? Surely some corrupted failed state in the developing world? Think again. This is the aim of the self-proclaimed...

Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 18 August, 2014 2 comments

The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, ...

A glimmer of hope?

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 16 August, 2014 1 comment

Two years have passed since I last visited Komi, a region in the Northern part of Russia. Throughout my years at Greenpeace, very few places – if any – have left such a lasting impression on me. I am certain other places across our...

Apple takes first steps to Detox its manufacturing supply chain

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 15 August, 2014 2 comments

China is often referred to as the world's factory; manufacturing more than half of all the computers and mobile phones produced worldwide. Living in China and working for Greenpeace, I have seen first-hand the destructive impacts this...

Why do oil companies in Russia waste oil rather than repair rusty pipelines?

Blog entry by Maria Favorskaya | 14 August, 2014

Oil companies have nothing to lose from spills in Russia according to Vladimir Chuprov, head of the Greenpeace Russia Energy Programme. "Fines are negligible while the legislation is full of loopholes. That is why it is easier for the...

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